Too Valuable to Lose
Subtitle
Exploring the Causes and Cures of Missionary Attrition
Subject
Missionary Attriction
Description
This book is based on the Missions Commission’s 1994-1997 study on missionary attrition. It includes a summary report on the study and a systematic treatment of missions sending and supervising structures in relation to attrition. Authors from around the world discuss how to prevent attrition from their cultural perspective. Together, they present a wealth of wisdom and insight into this critically important aspect of cross-cultural ministry.
Abstract
This book is an outgrowth of the Reducing Missionary Attrition Project (ReMAP), a 14-nation study carried out during 1994–1996 and culminating in an international workshop on attrition. The book presents perspectives of mission executives, pastors, missionaries, and counselors from both old and new sending countries. It includes papers on foundational issues related to missionary attrition and gives an in-depth analysis of the ReMAP research project. Five national case studies are presented, along with papers dealing with the selection process for missionary candidates, pre-field training, mission agency screening and orientation, on-field training and supervision, and pastoral care of the missionary. The book concludes with challenges for the primary missions stakeholders and suggestions for further attrition research.
Content
Preface – David Tai-Woong Lee (Korea)
Prologue – William D. Taylor (USA)

Part 1: The Foundational Papers
1. Introduction: Examining the Iceberg Called Attrition – William D. Taylor (USA)
2. Missionary Attrition: Defining the Problem – Paul McKaughan (USA)
3. An Integrated Model of Missions – Rodolfo "Rudy" Girón (Guatemala)
4. Reflections on Attrition in Career Missionaries: A Generational Perspective Into the Future – Kath Donovan and Ruth Myors (Australia)

Part 2: The Research Analysis
5. Designing the ReMAP Research Project – Jonathan Lewis (USA/Argentina)
6. Missionary Attrition: The ReMAP Research Report – Peter W. Brierley (UK)
7. Further Findings in the Research Data – Detlef Blöcher (Germany) and Jonathan Lewis (USA/Argentina)

Part 3: National Case Studies
8. Missionary Attrition in Korea: Opinions of Agency Executives – Steve Sang-Cheol Moon (Korea)
9. Brazilian Missionaries: How Long Are They Staying? – Ted Limpic (USA/Brazil)
10. Attrition in the United Kingdom – Stanley Davies (UK)
11. Attrition in Ghana – Seth Anyomi (Ghana)
12. Attrition in the USA and Canada – Phillip Elkins (USA)

Part 4: Thematic Chapters
The Selection Process: The effect of attrition factors in relation to the selection process of the missionary, working in light of the four foundational papers and specific discussion, but with particular focus on the role of the local church.
13. The Selection Process and the Issue of Attrition:
Perspective of the New Sending Countries – Bertil Ekström (Brazil)
14. A Call to Partnership in the Missionary Selection Process: Perspective of the Old Sending Countries – Daryl Platt (USA)


Formal and Non-Formal Pre-Field Training: Effect of attrition factors in relation to the formal and non-formal pre-field training of the missionary, working in light of the four foundational papers and specific discussion.
15. Formal and Non-Formal Pre-Field Training: Perspective of the New Sending Countries – Margaretha Adiwardana (Brazil)
16. Formal and Non-Formal Pre-Field Training: Perspective of the Old Sending Countries – Bruce Dipple (Australia)

Mission Agency Screening and Orientation: Effect of attrition factors in relation to mission agency screening and orientation of the missionary, working in light of the four foundational papers and specific discussion.
17. Mission Agency Screening and Orientation and Effect of Attrition Factors: Perspective of the New Sending Countries – Seth Anyomi (Ghana)
18. Mission Agency Screening and Orientation—A Personal Journey: Perspective of the Old Sending Countries – Brent Lindquist (USA)

On-Field Training and Supervision: Effect of attrition factors in relation to the on-field supervision of the missionary, working in light of the four foundational papers and specific discussion.
19. Missionary Attrition Issues—Supervision: Perspective of the New Sending Countries – Sung-Sam Kang (Korea)
20. On-Field Training and Supervision: Perspective of the Old Sending Countries
Myron S. Harrison (USA/Philippines)

Pastoral Care of the Missionary: Effect of attrition factors in relation to the pastoral care of the missionary, working in light of the four foundational papers and specific discussion.
21. Some Reflections on Pastoral Care: Perspective of the New Sending Countries
Belinda Ng (Singapore)
22. Member Care on the Field—Taking the Longer Road: Perspective of the Old Sending Countries – Kelly O'Donnell (USA/UK)
23. What About the Missionary Kids and Attrition? – David Pollock (USA)
24. Interview of Six Church Pastors From Five Nations: Attrition Issues – William D. Taylor (USA)
25. An International Guide for Member Care Resources – Kelly O'Donnell (USA/UK)

Part 5: Final Observations and Outcomes
26. Challenging the Missions Stakeholders: Conclusions and Implications; Further Research – William D. Taylor (USA)
Part 6: Additional Resources
Survey Instrument
Attrition Tracking Guidelines for Mission Agencies – Phillip Elkins (USA) and Jonathan Lewis (USA/Argentina)
Index
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Posted : 2012-04-16 02:12:09 GMT
Author/Authors : William D. Taylor (Bill)
Publishers : William Carey Library
ISBN Number : 978-0878082773

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Publication Date : 1997